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We've identified key areas which must be addressed to turn around the current crisis facing general practice
The following key areas must be addressed to turn around the current crisis facing general practice.
With more funding, general practice could invest in premises, expand services, increase the workforce, lengthen consultation times and decrease patient wait time.
A clear, recurrently funded workforce strategy based on a genuine expansion of multi-disciplinary teams could provide significant benefits for the patient experience.
A decade of underfunding and a repeated government failure to prioritise general practice has resulted in a workforce crisis.
Workload for GPs and practice staff in primary care and out of hours settings has rapidly grown over the last decade, reaching unmanageable and unsafe levels for patients.
The retention of a national core contract for general practice will provide patients with a guaranteed high standard of care.
There is considerable potential to make efficiencies through the use of technology that would ease GP and practice workload and increase time available for appointments.
Whilst these problems grow in severity, GPs are being forced to test their resilience beyond reasonable limits and confront issues from not just one, but multiple directions.